First Look at Scarlett Johansson in "Existential" Alien Movie Under the Skin
05.12.12 by BJSprecher
The box office success of Marvel Studios' The Avengers pretty much guarantees that we will be seeing Scarlett Johansson's put on the black slinky catsuit of former Russian spy-turned-superhero, Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, in a couple more Marvel movies — possibly even her own solo spin-off movie — but her "costume" will be her own body in her next big screen appearance.
In Jonathan Glazer's (Sexy Beast) latest movie, Under the Skin, Johansson plays Laura, a "ruthless alien seductress" in human form who preys upon hitchhikers until she begins to change her mind about humanity. Though the logline of the movie screams "sci-fi" — thoughts of Natasha Henstridge's character, Sil, in Species, come to mind — Johansson cautions that Under the Skin is actually "not a science-fiction film," but a "complex" movie "that asks existential questions." The movie wrapped principal photography earlier this year and FilmNation Entertainment has just released the first still image, revealing Johansson as the alien in disguise, presumably on the prowl for fresh human meat.
Under the Skin is based on Michel Faber's darkly satirical 2000 novel of the same name. The screenplay was written by neophyte screenwriter Walter Campbell. It does not yet have a release date.